UPDATED for 2018/19 Season
The accommodation is centred on the wonderful long sweeping beaches of Ao Kao, Ao Suan Yai and Ao Pra. Resorts to look out for here include Seavana Resort, Mira Montra Resort, Cococape Resort and Ao Kao Resort, whilst bungalows feature Island Huts, Holiday Beach and Baan Koh Mak.
The handful of resorts and bungalows on the south, east and north coasts such as Little Moon Villa, Plubpla Resort, Sea Breeze, Bamboo Hideaway and Banana Sunset are much more spread out and secluded.
You can also find holiday houses to rent scattered across the island.
Ao Kao Beach offers a selection of mid-range bungalow resorts on the beach, a small hotel and backpacker accommodation.
The long established Ao Kao Resort is perhaps the premier resort on this beach, with prices listed from 5,500bt a night on its website. Lazy Days, next door, has large stilted bungalows at 2,700bt, whilst Palm Beach Resort has a good reputation for being family friendly, 3,500bt.
In the centre of the beach, Baan Koh Maak from 2,000bt a night stands out, while further along, Makathanee Resort, the one small hotel, starts at 3,000bt upwards for its standard rooms. Continuing down the sand, Holiday Beach Resort provides clean, straightforward bungalows from 1,000bt and Sky Beach provides good value too at 1,600bt upwards.
For backpacker options, try Island Huts, 400bt to 1,000bt or Monkey Island, its fan rooms similarly priced. The new Joe’s Hostel up by the road has garden rooms from 1,300bt. Down in the far western corner of the island at Laem Tookata, three 500bt operations sit side by side in a beautiful bay, the pick at Baan Ing Khao.
The north west coast at Ao Suan Yai Beach and Ao Pra Beach has accommodation on a mixture of bouutique resorts, a small hotel, a guesthouse and some bungalows.
The upmarket Seavana Beach Resort, one of Koh Mak’s best resorts, starts from 3,000bt a night and goes up to 5,500bt. Next door, its elder sister Koh Mak Resort, has its standard bungalows from 1,800bt. At the northern end, the cheaper bungalows of Pompkak Dee and Happy Days are listed from 2,500bt. Right on the sand, Golden Beach Camping has some basic tents from 300bt to 500bt.
With its many different styles of accommodation from 2,000bt to 9,000bt, Cococape Resort is located on the headland between Ao Suan Yai Beach and Ao Pra Beach. On the hill above, ten minutes walk from the sand and sea, the boutique hotel Islanda Resort offers rooms from 4,000bt upwards and the cheaper guesthouse, Thaidaho Vista starts at 1,500bt. Both have stunning views out to sea, with the long established Good Time Resort opposite and looking south.
On Ao Pra Beach itself, Mira Montra Resort is the island’s newest boutique resort – their villas range from 4,750bt up to 11,000bt for the family suite.
On the south coast and scattered across the east coast, where the beaches are not the best, you can find a couple of excellent, very secluded boutique resorts as well as bungalows and traveller options.
The south coast offers backpacker and traveller style at Banana Sunset, Pano Resort and Talay Time, with prices from 600bt to 1,500bt a night. Naivacha Tent is a new 2,000bt glamping option and Ao Pong Resort down near Ao Nid Pier has bungalows starting at 500bt a night with villas recently added from 2,500bt.
The east coast provides more boutique and upscale resorts, with Plubpla Koh Mak Retreat at 4,500bt to 6,200bt and Little Moon Villas, from 2,500bt, the pick of the bunch. Bamboo Hideaway, Sea View Resort and Sea Breeze Resort sit up on hill overlooking the ocean, both very secluded, with rooms ranging from 1,200bt to 3,500bt.
Not to be forgotten, the north coast does have two more even remote places to stay on its rocky beaches. The eclectic and uniquely designed Cinnamon Art Resort offers a mix of cabanas and hotel rooms at 2,500bt upwards, while the down-to-earth Green View Bungalows, complete with its beach sculptures of crabs and herons, has fan and a/c rooms from as low as 600bt a night.
Hiring a motorbike to get out and about would be a real advantage, but both spots offer fabulous seclusion.